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See verse 20 here.
She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes..
no fear; prepared
--lack of concern about what may happen; trust
Verses in the Bible about it:
He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
For since the world began,
no ear has heard,
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised..
Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
Obviously, this woman has had the foresight to prepare for the seasons. We could apply this to having the foresight to be prepared for emergencies or the ups and downs of life. The verses suggest that we should be prepared for the future as well as that God is taking care of us and we therefore need have no fear.
Conclusion for this verse:
This is only another aspect of this woman’s willingness to work hard to provide for her family. She has had the foresight to be prepared for whatever may come yet knowing that the Lord is fighting for them and will take care of them in every situation. It may be that is why she feels free to be generous (as in the other verses) and care for the poor. She looks ahead to be ready and then uses her resources to honor her God.
I am good to some degree at being prepared but I tend to get distracted as well. I think I need to work on the distraction part and motivate myself to put more effort towards having foresight so that I will too be free to give generously – not stockpiling and holding on to things, trusting in them to provide for me. Trust is probably at the heart of this verse. And I’m not that great at it.